We have had so much rain in Sea to Sky Country lately that when the sun began to poke through I had to rush down to the Squamish Estuary. This place is amazing. It offers a completely different view of the Squamish landscape. From this spot, all of the famous landmarks are in sight. Can you see Shannon Falls in the distance? However, the highway is not visible making this feel like a wild and remote area even with Squamish downtown just over to our left. When the tide is low and the rivers down the mudflats of the estuary almost feel like an apocalyptic wasteland. When the water is high it shimmers golden (or whatever colour the sky radiates).
Is it possible to tire of a scene like this? I don’t think it is. As a result, Squamish continues to amaze me. Now I just need to get back here on a dark, new moon night to see what I can see. Looking up, of course, the forest will be dark, eerie and full of the noises of night.
Whilst waiting for patrol sweep on Blackcomb a couple of days ago, the view of Fissile Mountain was breathtaking. It has been an amazing winter at Whistler Blackcomb this year, as a result, it really has been the winter that keeps on giving. The snow continues to fall, the skiing continues to be epic. Spring occasionally pokes through for a day as if to tease us. As much as I love snow, powder and face shots while skiing, I am ready for some sunshine and spring skiing. On Monday we received such a tease. Without a doubt, it was a gorgeous sunny day. The skiing was amazing and the weather delightful. As the clouds began to roll in, the shadows on the surrounding mountains were incredible. This included Fissile Mountain, an epic peak a few ridges over from Whistler Mountain.
We are now back into the midst of yet another storm.
Without a doubt, one of my favourite things about ski patroling is early mornings that make for a moody Blackcomb. As the sun rises and the golden light begins to hit the slopes it is always a dramatic and breathtaking sight. It doesn’t seem to matter if the sky is void of clouds or wild storms are rolling in. In previous posts, I have mentioned (and hopefully demonstrated) the beautiful clear sky mornings witnessed as the sun first touches the earth. Simply add a few rolling clouds and fast moving skies to the mix and suddenly it is a different world. Shadows streaking down the slopes, glacial canvas’ dabbed gold and peaks poking through paint-worthy scene.
It is this real-life artwork that makes it easier (if only slightly) to get out of bed before 6am each day.
Another day, another dollar, another priceless Whistler Blackcomb sunset.
Without a cloud in the sky, the mountains on the horizon are engulfed by an indescribable sheet of pink and purple. Like a steppingstone towards the crystal clear velvet sky of night, the transition is smooth and tranquil. I could be gazing at a piece of art, a pastel coloured canvas.
It’s yet another unique and breathtaking finish to the day that was on Whistler Blackcomb. It’s yet another pinch to ensure that this is, in fact, reality.
I truly thought this place could not surprise me anymore. And then, one morning I head up Solar Chair to work and setting across the valley is an incredible full moon. The sky had the most amazing shades of blue, pink and purple. As we, the patrollers, commenced our day with the sun, the moon and the groomers completed their night. It was such a surreal experience, I couldn’t believe that what I was looking at was real. I took my camera out of my bag and for several moments I forgot that the temperature was far below zero. It’s moments like these that help me wake up at ridiculous o’clock and head to work every day.
Watching the sun rise and set each day on top of Whistler Blackcomb is always an unforgettable experience. Add a setting full moon, a well-timed snow cat and breathtaking hues. And what do you get? One hell of a view.